Francona gets safe call at first base overturned

Francona gets safe call at first base overturned

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona wanted to make sure the Tigers did not get away with one in the eighth inning of a tightly contested game on Thursday night.

With the game caught in a 4-4 tie, Detroit's Nick Castellanos chopped a pitch from Indians setup man Bryan Shaw to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who fired across the diamond for a bang-bang play at first. Castellanos was initially ruled safe by first-base umpire Adrian Johnson, prompting Francona to quickly emerge from the dugout for a managerial challenge.

Francona's hunch paid off.

Following a review that lasted four minutes and eight seconds, the crew at the Replay Operations Center in New York overturned the call on the field. When the call was announced, the crowd inside Progressive Field roared with delight. Rather than a leadoff single for the Tigers, the Indians collected an important late-inning out.

Francona improved to 15-for-29 on challenges this season.

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